New Brunswick's Macdonald Consolidated School
People stand on school steps. Others look out second storey windows. Students are in four school vans of varying sizes in front of the building. Each van has a driver and is led by two horses.

New Brunswick's Macdonald Consolidated School

John Fisher Memorial Museum 2022

Funded by a wealthy Montreal tobacco manufacturer, rural New Brunswick’s first consolidated school was a model of innovation. Two visionary educators developed the curriculum, and a comprehensive program was created to support rural youth. At a time when Canadians were moving from the countryside to cities, practical courses in gardening, natural science, manual skills, and domestic science encouraged them to stay on the farm.

Visit the website



Writer/English editor

John Fisher Memorial Museum

Comparative editor

Charlene Dorcas


French translator/French editor

Traduction OPTIMUM Translation

Full credits